We are apart for our first Valentine’s in twenty-six years. We’ve never been much to celebrate the day because we feel that an everyday love is better than one day of Hallmark devotion. Still,, we are apart….
I DID notice when I unpacked a few weeks ago that a little, secret card slipped out from between my shirts. It’s just like you to sneak that into my bag when I wasn’t looking. It made me smile BIG.
Of course, I am thinking about you today. So I thought I’d be sappy and syrupy and sentimental.
Sometimes it’s nice to show you the funny, quirky ways you have made our lives into this extraordinary love story.
*The way we can sit in a restaurant talking for hours like we’ve just met.
*Encouraging and celebrating the wild, independent, adventurous young woman in me.
*How we showed our kids what true love is.
*Our endless supply of inside jokes.
*The way you sit and really listen with incredible, curiosity when you ask about my day.
*That one night at that one BBQ when our knees touched and we felt enough electricity to light California.
*The way your muscles flex when you wrap your arms around our grown kids.
*The way we can have nothing and everything and it’s never mattered.
*The way you hold my hand when I need a good cry.
*Our first kiss as young adults.
*The Japanese love notes you mailed me before we had email.
*Your bold, expectant prayers.
*When you laugh so hard and I see your retainer and it reminds me of being kids together.
*Your never-ending sense of adventure.
*You are truly the biggest romantic I know.
*Our nightly foot rubs before bed.
*The deep, profound love you have for our children.
*That first cup of coffee that you bring me and we share in bed together every morning.
*The tiny specks of silver in your hair.
*How the simplest things in life matter the most to you.
*Your passionate, on fire, love for God.
*The way you find the best Speakeasies.
*Our ease of traveling the world together.
*The way you make everyone feel at such ease around you.
*How you always share your last bite with me.
*Your complete adoration of our kids.
*That you always have been and always are my biggest cheerleader, supporter and advocate for any and all shenanigans I cook up.
*The way you have animated my feet with voices.
*The way you love to hide scary masks in our house to frighten the living daylights out of me and then run to hug me when you know I’m terrified.
*That one night grocery shopping that we can always laugh so hard about.
*The way our feet find one another under the covers in the middle of the night.
*Your sweet lips.
*When you laugh so authenticity and slap MY knee over it.
*The sweetness when you kiss my forehead every day.
*Your incredible work ethic.
*Your remarkable generosity and willingness to help people.
*Your sincere smile.
*The way you take me by the hand and parade me into a room.
*The way you get excited about our date nights after all these years.
*Our cooking show date nights.
*The love we both share for hitting up hot new restaurants.
*The way you love our fur-kid.
*When you leave our home and come back to pick me up for a date.
*Our 3am Netflix binges.
*How you have a way of making me feel like I’m the only woman on the entire planet.
*Your respect, admiration and, love for your parents.
*The way we laugh so much and so often together.
*Our kitchen dance parties.
*Your unfailing, steadfast and intentional faith.
*How you always empower and encourage me and make me feel like I can conquer the world.
*Your easy going and peaceful presence.
*Your extraordinary culinary skills.
*How we don’t need anything at all to have a perfect evening together.
*The way you’ve never expected me to change the person I am deep down inside.
*The way you allow me to cheat a little when we play board games but act like you don’t know.
How even though we are apart I feel your heartbeat.